MSU Trial Garden
The MSU Horticulture Gardens include 14 acres of beautiful landscapes highlighting annuals, perennials, and woody plants. There are a multitude of theme gardens including our award-winning 4H Children's Garden, our annual display and trial gardens, green roof gardens, Japanese garden, dwarf conifer collection, and more. A unique highlight this year will be our Garden Noire featuring plants with black foliage, flowers, or fruits!
Plant Trial Field Day
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
Join us for this annual event to learn about top-performing plants, talk with Gardens staff, participate in presentations from MSU faculty, and stroll through the MSU Gardens. Registration is required for this event. Visit our event page for complete information.
The Gardens are always open to the public. Building and office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. To arrange for a guided tour, please contact Daedre McGrath in advance at 517-353-0329.
An MSU Horticulture Gardens volunteer or staff member will be in our visitors booth located on the west end of the Garden parking lot from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, from July 30 to August 10. Stop by for a brief orientation, a Plant Trial Booklet, and a map of the Gardens. When visiting, please park in the MSU Garden Parking Lot, which is located on Bogue Street, just north of the railroad tracks. Visitors may choose to view or print an Gardens map prior to visiting.
The MSU Plant Trial Garden showcases a wide range of annuals, vegetables, herbs, herbaceous perennials, and Michigan native plants. For the second year in a row, we will also be trialing a wide variety of tender succulents for the Michigan landscape. We evaluate plants submitted by breeding companies, the All American Selection Committee, and Fleuroselect. We track plant performance, vigor, uniformity, ornamental value, disease tolerance, and response to climatic conditions. This unbiased information is summarized and made available to participating companies, industry professionals, and the general gardening public. For more information on the MSU gardens, visit the MSU Trial Gardens website.